This Thursday, more than 400,000 members of the PCS, UNITE Health Section, UCU and others will all be striking to defend pensions. Action is being organised across Southwark (see ‘Diary’ and links shown below). Police officers will also be marching through London to protest about pensions, pay and cuts to jobs and services.
Send messages of support to local workplace on strike. Email us for contact details of workplaces where trade union members are taking action.
So 10th May sees a resurgence of union action to defend pensions, but many health workers and others keen to defend the NHS are also organising protest meetings throughout May. Details below.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Saturday 12 May Join the start of the Caravan For Climate Jobs. Central London. Time & exact venue to be announced. Backed by several national trade unions. Organised by the Campaign for Climate Change. Times and other details here.
Saturday 12 May 1pm onwards. ‘Meet the 1%’ Day of Action called by the Occupy, Indignados and Take the Squares movements. Assemble at St Paul’s Cathedral. Bring a tent. Facebook event .
Saturday 19th May 3pm-5pm. Rents Up and Housing Benefits Down! Public meeting. Organised by DCH, and supported by STUC. The Peckham Settlement, Goldsmith Rd, SE15 5TF (off Peckham Hill St, at the Peckham Library end). Leaflets available here .
Wednesday 23rd May 7pm. Southwark SOS Organising meeting. Room A1, LSBU, London Road Building. Contact here for agenda.
Wed 23rd May 9.15am onwards. Join a Housing Emergency protest: Cut Rents not Benefits - No evictions due to benefit cuts. Outside Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue WC2N 5AP. Facebook page here.
Friday 25th May 7pm Public Meeting to coincide with the arrival of the Caravan For Climate Jobs. Friends Meeting House, St. Martin's Lane, off Trafalgar Square. Speakers include Tony Kearns (Sen. Dep. Gen Sec of CWU), Jean Lambert, (Green Party), Murad Qureshi (Chair, GLA environmental committee), Professor Barbara Harris-White (Million Climate Jobs Report), Suzanne Jeffrey (Chair, CaCC TU group), Sachi Lloyd (author), Graham Pietersan (UCU), Greenpeace. Campaign news here.
Saturday 26th May Organise or join in alternative street parties! Join UK Uncut’s Great British Street Party to demand that we keep our public services, our rights and our welfare system. Background here. If you want to hold a street party or find out about local events, contact UK Uncut here.
Tuesday 29th May 7pm. Meeting of London Keep Our NHS Public at Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1H 9JE. (Please note this change of date from 22 May.)
9 June 11am-4pm. NSSN 6th Annual National Conference: Confirmed speakers - Bob Crow RMT General Secretary, Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary, Kevin Courtney NUT Deputy General Secretary, Rank & File Unite construction electrician. Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London.
13 June 7 pm Public meeting on the fight against austerity. Organised by Southwark TUC. Venue at Elephant & Castle. Speakers will include Jeremy Corbyn MP. For more details contact STUC.
23 June National NHS Supporters Conference. Friends House, Euston Rd, NW1, organised by Keep Our NHS Public and NHS Support Federation. A chance for all organisations to discuss the way forward. Times & other details to follow.